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That compared with slightly less than 8 percent of girls.
And a similar percentage of girls and boys -- around 4 percent -- said they'd been injured.
"Parents and pediatricians may underestimate how common dating violence is, and how often boys are victims," said Swahn, who was not involved in the study. But the new study conflicts with those findings, said lead researcher Dennis Reidy, of the division of violence prevention at the U. Regardless, he added, the study points out that boys can be victims, too.
"We don't want to get locked into the mindset that boys are always the perpetrators and girls are always the victims," Reidy said.
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But, he added, it may relate to the survey questions, which asked about sexual "coercion," rather than rape.The findings are based on more than 1,100 kids ages 11 to 17 who were surveyed about a wide range of dating violence.They were asked not only about physical abuse, but also how often they'd been sexually victimized -- including having a boyfriend or girlfriend pressure them to have sex, or spread "sexual rumors" about them.They also admitted inflicting physical injuries on a dating partner more often than older boys did.But Swahn said it's not clear what to make of those patterns, since the study did not follow kids over time.